Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) is considering developing a freighter version of the A330neo, Bloomberg has reported citing sources familiar with the matter.

According to the report, Amazon International and the United Parcel Service (UPS) operator UPS Airlines (5X, Louisville Int'l) are the prospective customers behind the request given a surge in demand for global freighter traffic. They are said to have asked the European manufacturer to consider stretching the A330-900’s fuselage so as to carry more cargo while flying a shorter range. An A330neo freighter would be a competitor to Boeing's B767-300(F) product which has seen a slowdown in production given the US airframer's focus on producing the KC-46A military tanker for the United States Air Force (MC, Washington National).

Neither party has chosen to confirm their interest in such a variant with UPS dismissing its alleged interest as "speculation".

The ch-aviation fleets module shows that of the thirty-eight A330-200(F)s built, thirty-one are currently active while the first A330-300(F) converted freighter was only recently deployed into service with ASL Airlines Ireland (ABR, Dublin Int'l) which operates it for Air Hong Kong (LD, Hong Kong Int'l).